If you thought marine kitsch was peculiar to English restaurants, come to Green Lanes for proof that few fish specialists can resist letting rip with the piscine theme. Shells and dried fish dangle from fishing nets that festoon Sariyer Balik’s cosy street-level restaurant (there’s more space downstairs). But under guidance from a twinkling half-Turkish, half-Italian patron, the kitchen steers clear of gimmicks. Hot starters included slightly soggy though tender vodka-marinated kalamar, mussels in batter, and delicious buttery prawns cooked with spring onions and tomato. The bread, essential for juice-mopping, is well up to standard. Cold starters – one resembling russian salad – were overwhelmingly heavy on the yoghurt. The owner told us which fish were freshest, and the ensuing mackerel, sea bass and bream tasted as if they’d been grilled on the beach. Maybe, though, the menu should be a handwritten selection of what’s best, and not a routine list including what can’t be recommended. A crunchy salad (carrot, red cabbage, mooli) was all that was needed to make the also-unordered syrup-soaked sponges surplus to requirements, and turkish coffee essential as a digestif. All wines are Turkish and if our choice was typical, very drinkable.
|Venue name:||Sariyer Balik||Contact:|
56 Green Lanes
|Opening hours:||Meals served 5pm-1am daily.|
|Transport:||Tube: Canonbury rail/73, 141, 236, 341 bus|
|Price:||Main courses £6.50-£10.|
Average User Rating
4.5 / 5
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Cosy, welcoming fish restaurant. Interesting range of starters and fresh barbeque grilled fish was a delight washed down with acceptable Turkish wine. The table of six Turkish men next to us took a serious interest in all their food and chugged happily through a bottle of Raki. We will be going again. Very happy with the bill when it came. It is closest I have found to my regular favourite restaurant Chiacos and Charcoal run by Mrs Aristides, just off the Harrow Road.
Excellent restaurant with good prices. It's clean and the staff are nice. There are too many choices and sometimes it might turn out to be a real problem. Mezes are good but there are considerable amount of mezes that they should add so that they can give the glimpse of a real Istanbul tavern. 4 stars :)
It always amuses me when people think Turkish food is just kebaps! There’s such a wide variety of Turkish dishes and mezes. Sariyer restaurant is a great example of an excellent Turkish seafood restaurant, a good place to drink raki. Of the many excellent mezes, keep an eye out for aubergine salad.
Best classical Turkish fish restaurant, bringing Bosphorus breeze to London, together with delicious fish and mezes.